Wednesday, October 12, 2005

Al Qaeda: With a Little Help From Their Friends

The Director of National Intelligence has released the full transcript of the letter from al-Zawahiri to al-Zarqawi intercepted on July 9. Here's the plan, according to al-Zawahiri:
The first stage: Expel the Americans from Iraq.

The second stage: Establish an Islamic authority or amirate, then develop it and support it until it achieves the level of a caliphate- over as much territory as you can to spread its power in Iraq, i.e., in Sunni areas, is in order to fill the void stemming from the departure of the Americans, immediately upon their exit and before un-Islamic forces attempt to fill this void, whether those whom the Americans will leave behind them, or those among the un-Islamic forces who will try to jump at taking power.

There is no doubt that this amirate will enter into a fierce struggle with the foreign infidel forces, and those supporting them among the local forces, to put it in a state of constant preoccupation with defending itself, to make it impossible for it to establish a stable state which could proclaim a caliphate, and to keep the Jihadist groups in a constant state of war, until these forces find a chance to annihilate them.

The third stage: Extend the jihad wave to the secular countries neighboring Iraq.

The fourth stage: It may coincide with what came before: the clash with Israel, because Israel was established only to challenge any new Islamic entity.
This plan of al-Zawahiri's implicitly acknowledges that everyone involved in the "Peace Movement" is an accomplice, unwittingly or not, of al Qaeda. Fortunately, the supply of ignorant hippies is much lower these days and Zarqawi is no Ho Chi Minh.

More from al-Zawahiri's letter later.

Via The Jawa Report.